White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is this country’s own version of “Baghdad Bob.” She’s Donald Trump’s own personal propagandist, spouting blatant lies and attacking reporters simply for pointing out the fact that something she’s said isn’t true.
Like today when Sanders got into it with ABC’s Jonathan Karl after he pressed her on Trump’s weakness on Russia and why he hasn’t authorized anything to be done in response to the fact that the Russian government launched a cyber attack against the 2016 election to undermine our democracy. In particular, Karl mentioned how Admiral Mike Rogers, the head of the NSA and U.S. Cyber Command, told lawmakers that he hasn’t been authorized by this “president” to combat future Russian attacks.
“Admiral Rogers is the one that would have the agency that could actually go and confront the Russian intrusion at the source and he hasn’t been given the authority,” Karl pointed out. “In fact, he says the Russians haven’t paid a sufficient price to make them change their behavior.”
“All he needs is a presidential directive, the authority,” he added.
“I disagree with the premise of the question,” Sanders replied, interrupting him. “It’s not just one individual.”
“He’s in charge of Cyber Command!” Karl said forcibly. “Why not give him the authority?”
“Nobody is denying him the authority. We’re looking at a number of different ways that we can put pressure,” Sanders replied. “This president has been much tougher on Russia than his predecessor. Let’s not forget that this happened under Obama. This didn’t happen under President Trump. If you want to blame somebody on past problems then you need to look at the Obama administration.”
“This is not about the past!” Karl shot back. “This is about preventing intrusion in the next election. He says he needs the authority and hasn’t been given it.”
“I can’t speak to that,” Sanders replied.
I’m not really sure what Sanders can’t “speak to” — this is extremely simple.
The head of the NSA and U.S. Cyber Command told the Senate that he hasn’t been given the authorization to defend this country from future attacks. Unfortunately, Trump is the person who has to give that authorization.
So I couldn’t care less if Sanders “disagrees” with what Karl said, he’s telling the truth based on Admiral Rogers’ own words to members of Congress.
Though I couldn’t help but laugh at how Sanders pivoted to Obama, as if he has anything to do with what this “president” is doing now to respond to Russia. Even if you want to blame Obama for “not doing enough” in 2016 or earlier, that has nothing to do with the fact that Trump’s been incredibly weak on Russia and is refusing to punish the Russian government in any way for their ongoing attack on this country.
Not only has this “president” spent much of his “presidency” undermining and attacking U.S. intelligence agencies, but he recently refused to enforce sanctions overwhelmingly passed by Congress (517-5) meant to punish Russia for their interference in the 2016 election. Now he’s not giving the head of the NSA and U.S. Cyber Command the authorization to protect us from ongoing attacks.
Only in the warped “reality” seemingly only known to the Trump administration and his supporters could anyone call this “president” tough on Russia.
I wish a reporter would ask Sanders what, exactly, Trump has done to back up the claim that he’s “tough on Russia.”
The Russian government is laughing at us right now for one of two main reasons. Either:
- We have a fool who’s too much of an insecure egomaniac to respond to Russia’s cyber attack since that would essentially be him admitting that they helped him win. — or —
- They successfully installed a “president” who’s obviously working in their best interests — all while the Republican Party is too spineless to stand up to him because he’s supported by tens of millions of people who are too ignorant to realize that he’s a traitor.
Either way, it’s a disgrace that this “president” isn’t doing anything to respond to a nation that attacked us or giving the people in our government the authority to protect us from attacks that they know are ongoing.
Which is exactly why many folks like myself believe Trump to be a traitor.
If Ms. Sanders doesn’t like the “premise” of those facts, well, too damn bad.
Watch the exchange below via CNN:
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